Dog Training Handouts and Links
Focus : Teach your pet to give eye contact in
response to their name or other cue (such as “focus” or “watch”). This cue is
very useful for teaching your pet to be attentive to you. It lays an important
foundation for keeping your pet focused in “real life” situations.
Go to Mat: The goal of
this exercise is to shape the behavior of settling on a mat, bed, or blanket. Training
this behavior helps pets learn to lie down, rest, and wait calmly and
patiently. To watch videos of teaching go to mat or to see how this skill might be used click here.
Medicating your pet. If you have difficulty medicating your pet, this training plan will help you get back on track. This is a hands off medicating protocol. That means getting your pet to take their pills without holding them down, wrestling, or even putting a hand on their head.
Muzzle or Basket Muzzle Training & Pictorial Guide: Your dog will
learn to approach and stick their nose in the muzzle. Then you will teach your dog that buckling
of the muzzle is a good thing. Your dog
should accept the muzzle willingly and enthusiastically. The muzzle should be viewed by the dog as a
wonderful opportunity for treats- not punishment.
Target: Your pet will learn to approach and touch your hand/wand or other
object. Targeting is a foundation behavior for clicker training. Once your pet
understands how to target the possibilities for new behaviors are endless.